Gold Coast’s NRL losing streak has come to an end with a 24-14 victory over Parramatta on Monday night.
The Titans, who had lost their past five matches to drop to the bottom of the NRL ladder, overwhelmed the Eels in the second half in front of a paltry crowd of 7,496.
The win sends Newcastle to the competition basement with the Titans joining the Eels and Panthers on 18 points.
After failing to score a try in their past two fixtures, the Titans took just five minutes to cross the line when Kane Elgey dived onto a Greg Bird grubber.
Parramatta responded when Junior Paulo bashed past Elgey on his way to the tryline.
A second close-range try came for the Eels with 10 minutes to go in the first half when Dave Taylor left a gap in the defensive line for Nathan Peats to dive over from dummy-half.
That gave the Eels a 10-6 halftime lead, but just as they were last week in Townsville against North Queensland, the visitors were overrun in the second 40.
Nene MacDonald scored a double inside seven minutes to put the Titans ahead, although his second try didn’t come without controversy.
The video referee upheld the decision to award the try despite the suspicion Eels halfback Luke Kelly had got a hand between the ball and the ground.
Parramatta’s Bureta Faraimo scored with a brilliant individual effort with 10 to go to threaten an Eels comeback.
Titans flyer James Roberts snuffed that out however when he picked up a spilled Eels ball and sprinted past Semi Radradra to score his fourth try against Parramatta this season.